When you go to the grocery store, you’re probably looking for ingredients that will keep you healthy and foods you can easily make into healthy meals. But it might seem like you don’t have to be super strict about what ingredients you have in your kitchen, as long as you combine those ingredients in healthy ways. That’s not always true. In conjunction with a good exercise regimen, some ingredients can help you lose weight, burn fat, and build muscle. But other ingredients can make you gain weight, even if they seem pretty innocuous.
Studies have associated specific ingredients with weight gain. We all know french fries, candy bars, cookies, and pizza pack in lots of calories. And we know processed foods are less healthy than raw, minimally processed foods. But which ingredients do you need to steer clear of if, for instance, you’re making your own pizza rather than ordering one? The answer might surprise you. Read on to check out some of the common kitchen ingredients that can cause major weight gain if you misuse them when you cook or bake.
1. Artificial sweeteners
When you’re trying to lose weight, artificial sweeteners sound like a healthy option. They don’t add calories like real sugar does. So it seems like a no-brainer to swap in an artificial sweetener when you’re pouring a cup of coffee or baking a cake. But it turns out artificial sweeteners might not help if you’re trying to lose weight. Several cohort studies have found positive correlations between artificial sweeteners and weight gain. People are aware artificial sweeteners have fewer calories than sugar, so many overcompensate by consuming too many additional calories to offset the expected calorie reduction. Additionally, regular consumption of artificial sweeteners might be linked with Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. That’s a good reason to consume such sweeteners in moderation.